A belt serves two purposes: to hold up your pants and to add style to your outfit. Most belts that attempt to add utility to this equation end up sacrificing style. I have never worn a multi-tool belt before because I take pride in my fashion. I don't want a bulky belt that looks like it belongs on Batman, nor do I want a more fashionable multi-tool belt that I need to take off my waist to actually use. That diminishes the convenience.
What I want is simple. A belt that doesn't try too hard; that I can wear to work; that I can use when I need it and forget about when I don't.
We designed our belt based on a few key principles:
With these principles, we were able to design a sleek and timeless belt that will seem nothing different than a normal belt until you need it. The price is set at $59 and includes a lifetime guarantee. If anything happens to the buckle, the strap, or the tools, we'll replace them. You shouldn't have to deal with the inconvenience of broken product. That is why we use quality tools, including the Spyderco™ HoneyBee SS knife.
The two portions of the MBelt buckle are held together by two magnets - one of the belt side of the buckle, and one on the tool side (I point out the magnets in the video). The magnets hold it together very firmly, so you won't have to worry about it coming apart by accident.
Calvin Klein is widely considered fashionable and forward in their belt design, and their belts were used as inspiration in the MBelt's design. Compare the MBelt to the Calvin Klein belt above. Both are fashionable. Both will work with your outfit. But one is decidedly more convenient.
When people think of a real life utility belt, they usually think of an embarrassingly ugly contraption that a person can "technically" wear in public, but no one that values their appearance would ever be caught wearing one. This is not that. The MBelt is less than 8mm thick and is designed to mimic a standard, timeless belt.
The MBelt weighs only 250 grams - a similar Calvin Klein belt weights just under 200 grams. Comfort is incredibly important and our #1 priority.
The MBelt is held together by neodymium magnets and will not come apart unless you want it to. The tools inside are securely magnetically fastened so that they do not rattle. The construction will be backed by a lifetime warranty - if the belt breaks, send it to us and we'll replace it for free. And since the magnets are encased within the metal housing, they will not cause unwanted interference.
The MBelt is designed to be used without removing or even undoing the belt. With it's patent-pending front-cover design, simply pop off the cover when you need it and pick the tool you need.
The included tools:
- Spyderco HoneyBee SS Knife
- Bottle Opener
- Phillips PH1
- Phillips PH00
- Flathead Slotted 4mm
- Flathead Slotted 2mm
Need to tighten a screw? Need a quick prybar? Your office chair coming loose? Four precision screwdriver bits are fitted inside the belt to tackle any small or medium sized job. It will be tough to find a screwdriver more convenient than this.
At a party and need a quick bottle opener? Pop the cap off the belt and open that bottle up. Works fine with all the tools still in place.
To most, the knife is the most important tool. We understand this and partnered with the Colorado-based knife company Spyderco™. Spyderco™ is a renowned knife innovator and manufacturer known worldwide for the quality of their products. The Spyderco™ HoneyBee SS was our knife of choice. In most everyday situations this knife will be more than enough.
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You'll receive the MBelt buckle (minus the belt strap).
You'll receive the MBelt buckle with a leather belt strap in black or brown (your choice).
You'll receive TWO MBelt buckles with leather belts, one black and one brown.
You'll receive TWO MBelt buckles with beautiful hand stained full grain leather belts, one black and one brown. Each of the belts straps will be branded on the inside with your name (or anything else you want to say, up to 20 characters).
Contact us! Direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Patent Pending. Application Number 62/127,764.
Risks and challenges
The process has been set up to minimize potential risk. All parts are bought from external manufacturers, with the knife, screwdriver bits, and belt strap coming off-the-shelf. The only novel part of the design is the buckle casing itself, which can be produced easily using a mold. The only potential hiccup we could face at this point is sub-par quality molds. If this happens, we will have the molds refinished and reworked until we achieve our desired quality.
Our manufacturer has been responsive and on time. The vast majority of our funding will go towards purchasing the molds for mass production. We did our best to front-load DFMEA and PFMEA work to ensure a smooth launch.
Fulfillment should run smoothly as mass distribution will be handled by a fulfillment service. Initial smaller-scale distribution will be completed by our team and when we can no longer handle it we will move to a local fulfillment service.
As the MBelt is managed mostly by Rich Ozdowy, the founder himself, it is possible that the activities become too overwhelming for one dedicated person. At this point additional support will be brought on-board to help make sure this does not become a limitation.
If there are any delays or unforeseen issues (we hope there are none, but it would be foolish to promise everything will run perfectly), we will post updates on our Kickstarter page promptly and do everything we can to keep you updated. Our backers are incredibly important to us; if it wasn't for you, our product would not be a reality. We'll do everything we can to take care of those that believed in us.
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